In a just-published interview with Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama says he favors a slow go on repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” for the safety of gay troops.

Advocates for repeal of the law that forbids gay and lesbian service members from serving openly have expressed anger that the president – who campaigned on the promise of repeal – has not fiercely advocated against the policy.

“We are extremely disappointed with the Obama administration,” R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of gay GOP group the Log Cabin Republicans, told the Washington Post. “Many times on the campaign trail, President Obama said he would support the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Now that it's time to step up to the plate, he isn't even in the ballpark.”

The Log Cabin Republicans convinced a federal judge to rule the law unconstitutional and have asked the court for a “worldwide, military-wide injunction” against its enforcement.

The Obama administration has argued that the judge's ruling should be limited to the 19,000 members of the group, and that to do otherwise would harm the military.

Other groups have also decried Democrat's foot-dragging on promised gay rights, including the Libertarian Party.

“They could have repealed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'” Mark Hinkle, chairman of the party wrote at his group's website “They could have gotten rid of the Defense of Marriage Act [the federal gay marriage ban, DOMA]. But they didn't do either of those things. That's a complete and total betrayal of all the promises they made to gay and lesbian voters for years.”

Hinkle's criticism came after Senate Democrats failed last week to advance legislative repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

Obama, however, says a slow-go approach to repeal of the Clinton-era law is in the best interest of the gay troops involved.

“Understandably, everybody has a great sense of urgency about these issues. But one of the things that I constantly want to counsel my friends is to keep the long view in mind. On social issues, something like 'don't ask, don't tell.' Here, I've got the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff both committed to changing the policy. That's a big deal,” he told the magazine.

“Now, I am also the commander in chief of an armed forces that is in the midst of one war and wrapping up another one. So I don't think it's too much to ask, to say 'Let's do this in an orderly way' — to ensure, by the way, that gays and lesbians who are serving honorably in our armed forces aren't subject to harassment and bullying and a whole bunch of other stuff once we implement the policy,” Obama added.

Advocates for repeal say they'll lobby for another Senate vote after the midterm elections.